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Court Allows Further Recount of Queens Senate Race

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Democratic control of the State Senate is once again in doubt, after a deal between Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith and three dissident senators fell apart this week. But a court ruling yesterday may bring Democrats closer to capturing one more seat. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson reports.

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Dems Infighting Could Hurt Party

Thursday, December 11, 2008

As New York Democrats continue their public battle over who's the next Senate majority leader, Albany observers say the infighting can have dire consequences. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: After a week of contentious closed door meetings, Queens Sen. Malcolm Smith says he's no longer negotiating ...

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City Comptroller Offers Bleak Outlook on City Job Loss

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The housing crisis threw the nation into a recession but Comptroller Bill Thompson says it's the Wall Street meltdown that's hurting New York City. He expects the city to lose 170,000 jobs by the end of 2010.

THOMPSON: Some 46,000 of those jobs will have been ...

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Turkeys and Underdogs

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Year-end lists have started to hit the stands – with round ups of the best in theater, books, and music. But WNYC’s regular film critic Nathan Lee has put out his lists —of the most over-rated and the most under-rated films of the year. He ...

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Surrogate Court Judge Indicted for Campaign Finance Violations

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A woman poised to become a Surrogate Court judge on January 1 has been indicted on charges of violating campaign finance laws

District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's office says Nora Anderson accepted a $225,000 loan from her former boss.

Dan Castleman, a top official in the DA's ...

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Shades of Louima Haunt Current Police Brutality Case

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In a series of events that recall the Abner Louima brutality case, 11 years ago, an officer was accused of sodomizing a Brooklyn man on October 15. And two other officers are charged with a cover up. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has this report.

HYNES: At approximately ...

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Alvin Ailey Celebrates 50 Years

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In 1958, a group of young African-American modern dancers gave birth to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in a performance at the 92nd Street Y. 50 years later, the company has become one of the most famous dance companies in world, and they’ve been ...

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What's Up With NYS Senate Democrats?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The New York State Senate is poised to announce a leadership deal today, but just what the leadership will be remains in doubt. Three dissident Senators said last week they'd been given plum state senate leadership positions, but the announcements were met with dismay by ...

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New York City's Belt Gets Tighter

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg is ordering all city agencies to slash spending by another seven percent for next year.

Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler says the new cuts would total about $1.4 billion citywide.

SKYLER: To put that in perspective, that is the budget of the fire dept by itself, ...

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Lots of Clouds, Little Sunshine

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

As the economy deteriorates, city agencies are told to make more budget cuts.

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Day in Court

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The case of a Pakistani immigrant who was held in solitary confinement in a Brooklyn prison after the September 11th attacks reached the Supreme Court.

His lawyers and the government will argue over whether then Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller have to ...

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NYC Professor Translates during Mumbai Attacks

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

When a Brooklyn Rabbi and his wife were taken hostage during the Mumbai terrorist attacks 2 weeks ago, Rabbis with Chabad here in the United States went urgently looking for someone who could speak Urdu, English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The man they found is Pace ...

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Ravitch Explains MTA Bailout Plan

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Richard Ravitch, the man credited with saving the MTA in the 1980s, will face tough questions from state Assembly members today. They're conducting a hearing on his proposal, which was unveiled last week to rescue the MTA by imposing a payroll tax on the region's ...

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National Public Radio Feels the Squeeze of National Economy

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

NPR News announced it would drop Day to Day and News and Notes to help erase a budget shortfall of $23 million. Overall, NPR will cut 7 percent of its workforce and slash expenses further around the company.

Dennis L. Haarsager, NPR's interim president and CEO ...

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Cop in Sodomy Case Had History of Excessive Force Suits

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The city has already paid millions to settle excessive force claims against Police Officer Richard Kern, indicted for sodomizing Michael Mineo.

Last year the City paid out $50,000 to settle two excessive force lawsuits against Kern, who was indicted yesterday for sodomizing a Brooklyn man ...

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Paterson Wants to Raise Gas Tax

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Governor Paterson is backing down from his pledge to avoid raising taxes to balance the state's budget. He says higher gas taxes will be needed to fill a $15 billion deficit over the next two years, and he defends his proposal to impose $5 tolls ...

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Senator Refuses to Confirm Roles of "Gang of Three"

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith is refusing to confirm the new roles the so-called Gang of Three will play when the Democrats take control of the Senate next month...even though the trio has been discussing their new jobs with the media for days. Smith, the ...

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Student Files Suit Against School Guards in Queens

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The New York Civil Liberties Union is calling for an investigation into allegations of excessive force by school safety officers in a Queens high school.

REPORTER: About a dozen students from Hillcrest High School have come forward claiming they've been threatened and assaulted by the agents. ...

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Fares Could Go Way Up if the State Doesn't Help MTA

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The basic subway fare could go up to $2.50 or more, and a monthly Metrocard could surpass 100 bucks if the state doesn't help out.

That's the conclusion of a study conducted by the city's Independent Budget Office and commissioned by the Straphangers Campaign.

The MTA says ...

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Suit Aims to Hike Welfare Payments

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A class action lawsuit filed against New York State attempts to raise welfare payments for poor New Yorkers.

It's been nearly 20 years since the state Legislature last increased payments.

Currently, the maximum a single adult on welfare gets is about $137 a month. Plus close ...

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